First Time Up: An Insider'S Guide For New Composition Teachers
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Brock Dethier
- Publish Date: 2005-09-30
First time up?âan insiderâs friendly question from 1960s counter-cultureâperfectly captures the spirit of this book. A short, supportive, practical guide for the first-time college composition instructor, the book is upbeat, wise but friendly, casual but knowledgeable (like the voice that may have introduced you to certain other firsts). With an experiential focus rather than a theoretical one, First Time Up will be a strong addition to the newcomerâs professional library, and a great candidate for the TA practicum reading list.
Dethier, author of The Composition Instructorâs Survival Guide and From Dylan to Donne, directly addresses the common headaches, nightmares, and epiphanies of composition teachingâespecially the ones that face the new teacher. And since legions of new college composition teachers are either graduate instructors (TAs) or adjuncts without a formal background in composition studies, he assumes these folks as his primary audience.
Dethierâs voice is casual, but it conveys concern, humor, experience, and reassurance to the first-timer. He addresses all major areas that graduate instructors or new adjuncts in a writing program are sure to face, from career anxiety to thoughts on grading and keeping good classroom records. Dethierâs own eclecticism is well-represented here, but he reviews with considerable deftness the value of contemporary scholarship to first-time writing instructorsâmany of whom will be impatient with high theory. Throughout the work, he affirms a humane, confident approach to teaching, along with a true affection for college students and for teachers just learning to deal with them.